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How do young adults respond to emotionally evocative fiction?: An empirical study of young readers' reactions to Inger Edelfeldt´s short story 'Kaninernas himmel' (Rabbit Heaven)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (IGEL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1235-4311
2011 (English)In: De stralende lezer: Wetenschappelijk onderzoek naar de invloed van het lezen / [ed] Hakemulder, Frank, Delft: Eburon , 2011, 313-331 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Fiction-reading has, since 1990, entered a completely new phase with the establishment of the internet society. This has caused fears that the young generation will abandon traditional fiction and maybe even lose the special kind of competence that this kind of reading presupposes. The aim of this study is to identify and analyze young adults´(19-29) of their reader reactions to an emotionally evocative story. The respondents were asked to write down their reactions like emotions, thoughts, associations and reflections comprehensively. Grounded theory was chosen as theoretical and methodological starting-point. / Results show that categories as emotional, ethical and psychological, self-reflecting and creative were found in the respondents´reactions. Reading strategies found were close (subjective), distanced (objective), or both. Initial reactions are important in the establishment of reading strategy, which also is important in the evaluation of the story. Emotional or self-reflexive reactions showing closeness to the text, initiates creative reactions, which distance to the text does not. Bisected reading strategy leads to disappointment and frustration in default of emotional reactions. Analogies to literature occur equally in both reading strategies. Various kinds of using the text occur: The story can be used for therapy, but also in a future, professional context. The study shows that close and personal reading strategy results in more categories and dimensions than the distanced reading strategy does. Ambience like a relaxed and open meeting with the text, a physical and mental space surrounding the act of reading, seem to have had some influence.

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Delft: Eburon , 2011. 313-331 p.
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Stichting lezen reeks, 17
Keyword [en]
Läsforskning
Keyword [sv]
Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, Litteraturvetenskap
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Humanities Social Sciences
Research subject
Library and Information Science; Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-3276Local ID: 2320/9976ISBN: 9789059725447 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-3276DiVA: diva2:871373
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-01-26Bibliographically approved

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